Charity profile

Conservation - Innovation - Education.

The African Conservation Trust (ACT) is an established not-for-profit and public benefit organisation that has been operating in southern Africa since 2000. At the core of ACT’s activities is the conservation of our precious environment, biodiversity, natural resources and heritage.

Based in KwaZulu-Natal and with a historical footprint of working throughout southern Africa, ACT strives for environmental conservation and socio-economic sustainability. We cannot sustain or conserve southern Africa's natural resources nor alleviate the environmental crises we face without the participation of the very people affected; ACT always involves local communities and works in partnership with other stakeholders to implement projects that have a long-term impact. Job creation, poverty alleviation, community sustainability and education are key principles of all ACT initiatives.

ACT's energetic, 21st century thinking and actions are protecting our planet and changing the way we live in it.


Project Rhino KZN: The African Conservation Trust provides Secretariat and financial governance support to this award-winning, first-of-its kind provincial association of NGOs, conservation experts and anti-poaching specialists, united to stop rhino poaching in KwaZulu-Natal.

The 5 Priorities of Project Rhino KZN are as follows:
1 Rhino Security
2. Community Engagement, Education & Awareness
3. Legislation & Judiciary
4. Lobbying & Strategic Relationships (Government and International)
5. Fundraising, Public Awareness & Accountability

Please click here to support Project Rhino and these important projects.

Project Rhino has partnered with the Kingsley Holgate Foundation in the Rhino Art project. The objective of the project is to gather the largest number of 'Children's Art Voices' ever recorded in support of rhino protection and to use these 'Hearts and Minds' messages from the children of Africa as a worldwide call to action against rhino poaching.

The ACT Rhino Fund generated support of R 9.75 million between 1 January 2012 and 28 February 2015, R 3.2 million of which was raised during the 2014 financial year. This could not have been achieved without the generosity of South African citizens, businesses, charitable foundations, schools, shopping centres, the tourism and adventure sports sectors and from Skydive for Rhinos participants – ACT’s rhino fundraising and awareness campaign in 2011 and 2012.

Please help us continue to raise funds: click here to go to our ACT Rhino Fund GivenGain page and find out more.

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